It is almost the end of January which means that it’s time to talk about dining. Last week I reached the 180 day Disney milestone. Why is it a milestone? Because it means that advanced reservations for Disney World’s more popular restaurants have opened up for me. Now so far I have only made two – I’ll be going to Mama Melrose’ on my first park day and Yak and Yeti in Animal Kingdom on my second. I’ve chosen these days according to the park hour calendar which tells you which parks have extra magic hours on which days. I was unfortunately too late to get a Be Our Guest dinner reservation and World Showcase in EPCOT has so many good counter service places that I won’t be booking anything for there, so I’m holding out on choosing which days I’ll be visiting those two.
So aside from those two reservations, where will I be eating on my trip? Like any good Disney/food fan I’ve been perusing the menus and reviews of the different places to eat in both Universal and Disney and have so far come up with this list:
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: specifically for the monster burger “The Cowfish has Officially Left the Building”. This beast is described on the menu as “Full-pound beef burger, creamy peanut butter, fried bananas, Applewood bacon, brioche bun (make it a SINGLE HUNKA LOVE, half-pound beef burger for 15)”. Now I love peanut butter and banana as a combination and have heard great things about this monstrosity, so will definitely be trying it out.
Panda Express: This Chinese restaurant has become a favourite of my family on our trips, mainly because of the huge portions and orange chicken, which you can’t seem to get here in England. At least I’ve never been able to find it. I’m thinking this will be a good meal for my first night.
Cletus’s Chicken Shack: This is one of the many options inside the Springfield area of Universal Studios and my reason for wanting to eat there is that they serve a chicken and waffle sandwich with maple mayo. I love food that combines sweet and salty, so chicken and waffles is a great combination for me.
Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour: If you know your Potter you’ll remember that in Diagon Alley there is an ice cream parlour which serves mouth-watering sundaes which Harry chows down on whilst writing his History of Magic essays. Well, they have recreated this place in Universal Studios and with flavours like Granny Smith apple, Salted Caramel Blondie and Clotted Cream, who would want to miss it?
Mythos Restaurant: This is a more expensive, table service restaurant in Islands of Adventure but it looks like it serves less traditional theme park fare, so may be a refreshing change. I’m particularly interested in the Pad Thai.
Yak and Yeti: This is in the Asia land of Animal Kingdom and has a table service restaurant and café. I will be going to the table service restaurant for dinner and already have my eye on the Honey Chicken and Fried Wontons.
Satu’li Canteen: This is a new restaurant in the Pandora: World of Avatar land area of Animal Kingdom, which serves healthier dishes than your usual theme park fare. They have a variety of protein bowls, all of which come with a main meat (or tofu for you veggies) and a variety of sauces and bases to choose from. There are also cheeseburger or vegetable curry steamed pods which look interesting too. Personally I’m very interested in the Wood-Grilled chicken bowl.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano: This is one of the table service meals available in Hollywood Studios and I booked it because I haven’t been too impressed with the quick/counter service options. However this restaurant looks like it has a variety of delicious Italian fare so I am very much looking forward to it.
Be Our Guest: This restaurant is in the New Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom and is styled to look like the Beast’s castle. You have the option of eating in the West Wing, Ballroom or Castle Gallery (Belle’s private library). Now ideally, I would like to get a dinner reservation for this restaurant, but so far they have remained elusive. However, during the day this also serves as a quick service so if I cannot get in for dinner, I will definitely go for lunch, more for the experience and ambience than the food.
Blaze Pizza: This is a create your own pizza place at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) and I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone who has been.
Wolfgang Puck Express: This is somewhere that I tried on my 2013 solo trip and absolutely loved. This one has been on my list since I booked this trip and I am really looking forward to going back.
So that’s it so far folks, this list is extremely subject to change, but at the moment these are the places where I will be filling my belly. Until next time!